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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue and Yellow and sometimes Pink on: April 28, 2017 01:09:14 PM
I made my first real quilt recently. It took me about 4 full working days to complete it. I started it over Easter weekend and finished it the Thursday following.

It ended up being smaller than the pattern specified because I didn't read the instructions carefully lol.

It fits great on my daughter's bed though, and she couldn't wait for me to finish it, kept trying to cuddle it while I was working.  I used only fabrics I had on hand, the "batting" was some fleece I got from my ever growing stash at my Nana's house (she's got family and friends who know I sew and hand her fabrics or keep fabrics themselves for me) and stuff I had in my own personal stash, cottons I had on hand for the top and the back a horizontal rib knit that I didn't think was suitable for clothing.  The binding was off a huge roll of green bias tap that I got at a garage sale for 25 cents, only downside is it isn't prefolded, it is however about 50+ meters lol

I believe the fabrics range from the 70's to about 2012, I actually had one of the projects made and posted years ago from one of the fabrics in the quilt.

Let me know what you think.  the only other quilt-type thing I've ever done is a tshirt blanket that didn't have a backing as requested by my MIL who commissioned it from me, her condo is way too warm for a quilted blanket.  It was just double stitched alone every seam and bound with tape made from the shirt scraps.

You may say i'm a bit ambitious, seeing as this quilt called for about 1200 cut pieces just for the top.


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Coral Maternity Dress (and others) on: June 18, 2015 07:45:03 PM
I decided that I needed a new dress to wear, because of my ever expanding belly, and I dislike pants since it's now summer.  I started it on June 5th and didn't finish it until probably the 11th, because A) I'm lazy and I was trying to get it made to wear to a friend's wedding lol and B)I was working sans pattern and just kinda winging it.

It has a large boat neck, with a ribbed neckline (the fabric was all slightly ribbed, so it's a tad thicker), faux banded armholes, a half circle skirt with a 4" flounce, and a drawstring through the middle, because after I originally made it I decided that the waistline was too wide and needed to be cinched in, it was my sister's idea to add a casing that I attached to another piece of fabric and sewed to the seams of the waist so it's basically invisible from the outside. I like it better now because it shows off my bump nicely Tongue

I ended up wearing it to work on the 12th and everyone loved it.


excuse the mirror in my selfie it's the only place I can take photos at the moment

And now close up/all views of the dress.  I don't have a maternity mannequin, so she has improvised and allowed me to pin a bag of polyfil to her abdomen to mimic my baby bump, it will need more stuffing if I plan on using her for more clothes in the very near future.

The Front of the dress on Jack (the mannequin)

the back of the dress

3/4 view of the dress

and a close up of the armhole and part of the neckline.
I was happy I learned a few years ago how to measure binding for the neckline and make it lie flat. (Thank you sweat shop for teaching me how to sew tshirt necklines)

This one I probably have to fix a little more (readjust where the straps sit on the front) and when I wore it out of the house it looked a lot better lol, ignore my face, the BF didn't really let me know when he was actually taking the picture.  It was made of the same fabric as the shorter dress and is floor length (I ended up cutting another 6" off the hem when before I wore it out but don't have a photo of that)  I made this one in about 2 hours, braiding the strips of fabric took forever.  It was made a little over a month ago.

I followed a tutorial I found on pinterest:http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/maternity-diy-make-a-wrap-dress-1.html

This was another dress I made maybe 4 weeks ago, in an attempt to make a wardrobe that will fit for the remainder of my pregnancy.  i've had this fabric in my stash for well over 5 years now and I haven't known what to do with it.  I left the bottom unhemmed, because I didn't want to ruin the design on the bottom and I bound the neckline with some polyester bias tape I had lying around because I didn't want to just fold over and top stitch.



close up of binding on neckline and armhole

Let me know what you think of my 3 dresses.

C&C is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Roller Skates on: May 13, 2015 03:00:29 PM
I made these skates from a pattern book that my boyfriend's Nonna gave me a few months back because she doesn't really understand how to read patterns, but she can knit/crochet like no one's business.

I was just waiting for the right time to start these and since now I am 22w along with a baby girl, so it's very fitting.  They won't be fitting her for at the very least 3 months after she's born, but I don't mind. I'll just put them up in the closet for her.

A snap of the laces and tongue on the front of the boot.

The wheels are a little uneven, and the tops are a little looser than I wanted, but all in all I think they turned out great.  I followed the colour scheme that was recommended in the book to a T.

Comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Chainmail Earrings and Bracelet on: April 17, 2015 11:33:38 AM
I have spent some of the sick days I've had reacquainting myself with some of my previously purchased craft supplies, and learned through Youtube how to do a new weave called a Love Knot, which I decided to make rainbow earrings out of.

I made a pair each of the large and small love knots and connected them to each other and the earring loops with black rings. They are made of 18g 3/16" coloured aluminum rings and 16g 5/16" coloured aluminum rings. They are pretty light too.

I also made a rainbow bracelet of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) and aluminum rings which is a type of rubber that is used in roofing apparently.

This is made with 18g 3/16" Aluminum and EPDM rings in Red, yellow/gold, green, blue, violet, pink and black.
It is made with a Byzantine weave so it has a kinda square look to it, also very light and I didn't want to have to struggle with clasps.  It is very stretchy but it's still a little big for my wrists (they measure 5 5/8" around lol).

I just don't really like the fact that my yellows oranges and greens aren't a perfect match with the hue of the aluminum and the EPDM.

I really liked how quick both of these worked up, because I have joint issues that don't really allow me to work on a lot of chainmail, one of the many reasons why I purchased aluminum rings to begin with.

Thanks for looking C&C appreciated.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kermit The Frog Puppet **Full Body** on: December 31, 2014 07:48:10 PM
I wanted to post this earlier, but I forgot lol


My dad asked me a few years back if I could find him a full body Kermit the Frog puppet as a gift.  I found a nice one on eBay for christmas '13, but I was outbid in the last minute of the auction. -sad face-  Subsequently I had also run out of time before Christmas morning and couldn't make it.  This year I planned ahead, and actually made the puppet.  This is my first "real" puppet ever (aside from the puppets you make in kindergarten)  The only thing I used a pattern for was his head, and even that had to be scaled up by a lot and the rest was freehanded by me.  He was half hand sewn and half machine sewn out of felt, "standing" 2.5ft tall (he actually has no support in his legs whatsoever).  He thought it was the coolest thing ever.





Pre-eyes, but this was to show his fully posable fingers.
the back of him. and the hand hole

Thanks for reading, C&C are greatly appreciated.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Good and Evil Minion Keychains on: August 27, 2014 11:39:11 AM
I made these a few months back (and forgot to post them)
I based them on a tutorial I found on youtube last year.  It's a part of my minion kick from the last year.

The purple "evil" minion has wool roving as hair.
I just wish I had some TLS to make the eyes shiny, although I could use clear nail polish couldn't I...

Anyway, C&C is always appreciated.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Dino Robe on: March 12, 2014 03:08:06 PM
I made a hooded dino type bath robe for a friend's baby.  She turned 1 in February.
I had less than a yard of green fleece to work with and a lot more white fleece maybe 2 yards.

I ended up having to add a 2" strip of fabric to the seam of the sleeve (making it a 2 piece sleeve) because when I was drafting it I didn't have all the measurements I needed, and the kid "has little meat cleavers for hands and chubby arms" (her parents' words not mine)  which I don't have photos for.  I lined the body and hood of the robe with the white fleece, added belt loops and a matching belt.  the original robe was fully lined but I had to revise it because the sleeves were too tight. so in the photo there is white coming out of the bottom of the sleeves but the robe now just has a turned up green hem. (no photos)

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny Happy Batman on: January 27, 2014 06:01:09 PM
I wanted to start dabbling in dolls again.  After doing my mini me (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428004.msg5105701#msg5105701) and having it turn out so well I wanted to try doing something a little more fun.  I decided to do a Cute little Batman for the sister of my boyfriend.  he helped me stuff his body.  I painted on the face and bat symbol.  He's made with the Lil Cupcake pattern from Good Cookie Creations again http://ghilie.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/img-width375/.  I really like this pattern, but I made a few modifications to it..  I made the underwear, boots, cape and gloves separately, so they are removable. the only part that is stuck on is the mask because it's just his head.  I posted it on facebook and someone else had asked me for one.  My dad suggested that I make the avengers, and I also have to make the Joker, Harley Quinn and maybe Robin, because it would be funny.

for a bit of a size comparison (it's for his youngest sister)

As usual C&C is appreciated.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Minion Mascot on: October 25, 2013 03:45:48 PM
For some odd reason I keep making minion things.  This is a Minion mascot-type costume I made for my brother.  If he doesn't destroy it this halloween then we're dragging him to AnimeNorth in this next May.  I don't know if this is violating the rules since he's gonna wear this multiple times.  we went outside to test it out, and wave at traffic/people.  he got a high five from a neighbour and some waves from random people.  This is my first attempt at something so big.

This was before i finished the sleeves and gloves.

The inner construction of the costume is made up of some wire mesh i got from Rona and it's "sewn" together with wire.  I cut out a face and arm holes and covered those with muslin, quilt batting and hot glue as a preliminary safety measure. I had to get one of those giant 4ft balloons and blow it up to fit it inside the minion body, then I paper mch'd over the entire thing with one layer of glue and news paper then did another 3 layers on top of the balloon portion to strengthen it.
some in progress shots:

I made a tube of yellow fleece for the body, made the top like you would a hat, and slid that over the top and tucked the tube into the bottom of the metal/paper mch tube and hot glued that inside.  I cut triangles into the arm and face hole, pulled them open and glued the flaps down.  The sleeves are attached in the same manner.

I made the overalls by making a pair of basic GIANT pants out of blue fleece and fitting them to the minion body, then after glueing the top portion of the overalls to the body I glued the back half of the pants to the body as well and added a long strip of velcro to the front so he can get in and out of the costume.  There is also a pocket glued on the front for fun and I painted on Gru's emblem as well.  the mask is cardboard and tulle painted (and he can still see out of the eye - you'd never know i used pink tulle) i put braided yarn on the top for the hair and used a tshirt for the gloves and strap.

Here is the video of him running around our street.

All in all I think I spent about $50 total on this costume, and a few days for construction.  I went through probably 40-50 mini hot glue sticks and maybe 2 cups of white school glue on this and surprisingly only had 2 casualties with this entire project! (a little poke to the finger from the metal and a burn on my arm when I was trying to glue things on the inside) I can see why mascot costumes go for $250+ online.  I'd definitely do this again, I hope my brother gives me another challenge next year.

If you read all this Thank you! and as always C&C are much appreciated.


My brother loves wearing his minion costume so much that he put the fake moustache and hat on and became an undercover minion.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / What?! A Mini Me?! on: October 06, 2013 07:52:04 PM
A co worker of mine decided that in the second week of me working with her that I was so cute that she wished she could stick me in her pocket and take me around everywhere with her.  My sister came up with a brilliant idea to make a doll of myself for her to put in her pocket with a little sign/speech bubble that she holds onto.  I procrastinated on this doll for about 2 weeks because I wasn't sure how exactly I was going to make a doll version of myself.  I ended up using a pattern from Good Cookie Creations, for the Lil' Cupcake Doll http://ghilie.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/img-width375/

This is what I came up with in the night before I gave it to her.  I think I spent maybe 3 hours on the doll total, including her little dress.  I also painted on brown eyes, and my facial piercings.  In hindsight, I should have also painted on my star plugs on the ears..

This is the outfit I based the doll clothes on, partially because I had extra fabric for it and this is something I had worn to work one day.

This is her with mini me

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